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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; Fifth Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899976387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899976389
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vonhof's advice comes from his own experience as well as from numerous foot experts and ultramarathoners who know what works for them. For each problem, numerous solutions are offered. There is no one best solution - different treatments work for different feet. Clear diagrams, photos, and charts demonstrate foot maladies and treatment techniques. This comprehensive resource covers the full gamut of footwear basics, prevention, and treatments. If it can happen to a foot, it's covered in this book. An avid runner and fastpacker for more than 27 years, John Vonhof treats athletes' feet during ultramarathons and adventure races. He combines the technical training of his work as a paramedic, orthopedic technician, and emergency-room technician with his passion to help athletes with their foot problems. John has travelled world-wide to train athletes, their crews, and medical personnel about proper foot-care techniques.

Customer Reviews

This book is comprehensive and extremely informative.
K. Whelan
He gives great advice on how to protect your feet, how to make them stronger to avoid injury and what to do if you have foot pain.
Mary Beth Kierstead
Everything you always wanted to know about your feet is in this book.
Quilting Mama

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scruffy on April 21, 2012
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Plantar fasciitis laid me up for 6 weeks before I bought this book. I am skeptical about "cures in a book". What I found here is a compilation of common sense and collective knowledge regarding the health of your feet. For a runner, foot health is critical.

Having read the criticism of this book, I still ordered it. To me searching the web and tying to separate the solid info from the "stuff" is not for me. I am not willing to experiment on myself to save a buck. The author answered questions I had not thought to ask and I would never have found that information on my own. The info in this book has been vetted by the author and his sources. It has helped me establish a plan that has got me running again and that is worth a great deal to me.

The bottom line is that I found it useful for more than my PF. If you're looking for an instant cure, it doesn't exist. If you're looking for information and a number of suggestions for both prevention and cure, this book is worth considering. I am back to running with only an echo of the pain that kept me out of my running shoes for over three horrible months. I walk normally now and am able to run to recover a great deal of my condition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 9doors on February 15, 2012
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Ok. It's a book about feet. I know.
But if you run, and have ever struggled with blisters, strains, or sprains - than you have to read this book. Well worth your time to learn some good foot care techniques. More attention could have been spent on foot types / shoe choice, and foot strengthening & stretches - but still a worthy read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Whelan on October 25, 2011
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This book was reccomended to me by an avid back packer from TrailSpace.com. I got it because I am planning a long trek and have had some blister/boot issues in preparation. This book is comprehensive and extremely informative. Even though it is geared a little more toward running, there is plenty of general information about the care and feeding of your feet as well as quite a good deal about hiking and back packing. If you want to keep your active ffet in good order, or get some beat up feet back to trekking shape, this is a MUST for your arsenal!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on February 5, 2012
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I bought this book to help trouble shoot a specific problem that happened after getting new running shoes. The book is the experiences of many runners with differing degrees of difficulties and histories. I was able to get some simple sound advice for the immediate problem and have solutions and foresight for other issues. When you run on different surfaces or engage in other demanding activities, your feet are front and center. This guide really helps with practical experience. It is like having a best friend for your feet!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caninphx on April 3, 2014
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Having suffered with my feet for the last two years and trying everything under the sun, I decided to give this book a shot off the recommendation from my brother.

Now the book did not really help me with my condition and I am still suffering through it and working on it, however it did give me a small wealth of knowledge on foot care and how to fix ailments/injuries/etc.

I would definitely recommend this book for fixing ailments from hiking, walking, running, etc, however for anything serious I would suggest reading the book and using the information to consult physiotherapist/doctor and determine a plan to get your feet back to normal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dorothy rogers on January 15, 2013
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If you are a runner, this is an excellent book to have as a reference. It goes into great detail regarding issues a long distance runner may encounter and ways to treat the problem. The author seems to have been a runner and managed first hand many runner feet issues. Other sports feet issues are given a summary nod. I could easily give this book a five star if it discussed plantar fasciitis in greater detail. A lot of reference web sites are identified.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick on February 13, 2012
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Found the book to contain a wealth of information with lots of links to more information and research. You can read it cover to cover or as the author suggests start with an area that is of interest to you and expand from there. It seems to be a great resource for just about anyone that has foot problems or who wants to manage their future health before problems occur.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Ip on March 4, 2013
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great book to read on common foot injuries due to i) lack of prevention ii) lack of understanding of one's feet iii) lack of understanding of shoes' and socks' selection iv) lack of understanding on how to treat various foot injuries with different medicine.....especially blisters' prevention and post treatment are the focus of the book. Low: Did not talk much on tendonitis foot nor muscle hamstrings..still a must read especially the prevention portions.
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